Tajikistan·August 19 - 29 2023
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Salam! Welcome to an expedition like no other. Starting on the far-flung border of Afghanistan, you'll be running, walking, or jogging about a marathon a day across Tajikistan to the border of Kyrgyzstan, through scenery that will make your heart sing. Leading you through this amazing land will be Danny Bent, world record holder, author, happiness guru, and powerhouse of positivity. This adventure, as with everything Danny does, is as radically inclusive as possible. It’s absolutely not a race; everyone goes at their own pace - 200 miles may seem like a long way, but as a tribe, we really can make it! En route, we'll stay with local people, eat as locals eat, and experience life at the roof of the world. Expect new friendships, stunning views, heart-pumping climbs, and a glimpse into a totally different way of life. Top it off with restful nights looking out at the stars, giant mountains, and winding rivers. This is your time. Your adventure. See you at the roof of the world!
Danny's passion in life is to bring people together to show what's possible through teamwork and positivity. He's pogoed across Togo, cycled to India, run across North America and survived the BBC TV show "Ultimate Hell Week".
Nick has climbed Everest and swum the English Channel. His passion is to organize adventures that stretch people beyond their comfort zones and prove what's possible with a bit of grit and determination.
You'll need to get yourself to Dushanbe, Tajikistan some time on the 19th of August, where there will be an airport pickup waiting and a hotel room with your name on it. Most flights go via Turkey or Dubai.
Getting to the Bartang Valley is no small feat. On Sunday we start our long bus journey to the valley entrance. En route we pass stunning scenery and have time to stop and explore. We'll stay in a small homestay in the village of Rushan.
Today we'll leave the Tajik-Afgan border town of Rushan and head into the Bartang Valley on foot to start the Great Silk Run. It's nothing but a tiny turning off a tiny road. Just the way we like it. Homestay in the tiny village of Siponj. Don't bother Googling it.
Staying in local village homestays we'll wend our way along the Bartang river. Expect to see no more than one car per day and always locals. Tourists don't go down this way. Today we're heading for Basid. This one actually does show up on Google Maps, but only just - and in the wrong place.
Off to the equally small village of Savnob today, through spectacular canyons and over beautiful passes. Glad it's all being professionally filmed! Picnic lunch on route.
Run to Gudara village, where we will see Lapnazar Peak (5990m), it's the only mountain in Tajikistan that you can see from top to bottom. Check out the Juniper trees and local way of life. Up till now we've been staying in homestays, now we break out the tents.
Today we'll journey through Tanimas valley and pass by Kok Jar (no sniggering), one of the most stunning and mind-blowing parts of the trail. This will be one Kok of a day as we gain height steadily.
Very wild camping for a night as we leave even the smallest villages behind. We might see Marco Polo sheep herds en route and will pass next to a large meteorite crater.
Wild running in the middle of freakin' nowhere leads us to Karakul on the border of Kyrgyzstan and China. Here we'll leave the Bartang Valley behind and join the legendary M41 Pamir Highway. This will mark the end of the Great Silk Run. We'll board cars in the afternoon to start the journey back.
A long bus journey back to Dushanbe, stopping for celebratory meals and parties along the way. We'll stop in Karakul, Murgab, and Khorog - and by this point, we'll be able to pronounce them correctly (probably).
Leaving Khorog for the final leg (by car) back to Dushanbe. We really did travel a very long way from home. Breaks and food along the way.
Flights back home, or stay another day. The Great Silk Run is done and you just ran across Tajikistan - so you can do whatever the hell you like. You're a badass.
Food, accommodation, transfers
Team equipment (tents, etc)
Remote region permits
Home stays with local food
Warm sleeping bag
We split each day up into 3-4 legs of around 8 miles each. Some people might run a leg and then help the support team set up and get stuff ready. Others may choose to walk a certain leg and arrive when the food and tents are ready for them. Each year we have at least one or two people who decide to walk the whole thing. We all finish together no matter what, so who cares?
Yes! You only need to put down a 10% deposit initially, then you can pay in any way you like, over a time scale that suits you. Just choose to pay the "deposit only" at check out and we can send you a link to pay the remainder in any way that suits you, up until the final payment date.
Yes, of course, you'll get them as soon as you're signed up. The kit list doesn't have anything very exotic on it. Warm clothes and a sleeping bag are about as unusual as it gets. We also normally get sponsored kit for the team, so you can expect substantial gift vouchers (e.g. BAM clothing normally puts in £150 per person), so you'll often get fully kitted in great stuff for next to nothing.
Yes! Contact Nick Carter on +447944913245 or email@example.com
Tajikistan isn't the easiest place to get to, we'll give you that - I guess it's why we want to go so badly! Flights are currently between £750 and £1200 return based on departures form the UK. Some of our team have found cheaper.